Essar Chester Half Marathon - Sunday 19th May 2024

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19 May 2024 09:00

Essar Chester Half Marathon - Sunday 19th May 2024

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Any time is a great time to sign up to run a marathon!

Running a marathon is an endurance masterclass. It is an epic feat for anyone to achieve – running 26.2 miles is above and beyond the average person. This is not because it isn’t achievable, but more because it takes a certain character, drive, perseverance, and determination.

If you have that bubbling desire to push yourself to achieve more then YOU CAN RUN A MARATHON.

Here are a few reasons why you should drive straight in and get signed up for your first marathon today.

Bragging rights and because you can!

If you can create the right mindset, you can do anything, and oh goodness it is worth every minute of the training when you cross the finish line.  Loads of people think they couldn’t train for a marathon, and that it is beyond their capabilities. Yet, runners of all ages, shapes, sizes, and abilities achieve the goal of running a marathon and so can you. Stick to a training plan, put in the hours, believe in yourself, and enjoy the experience, the routine, being consistent, and learning about your own inner strength and mental ability. You can do it!

Achieve that lifelong ambition. Don’t put it off – Live it!

Take a moment to think about how you’d feel being able to say you’ve run a marathon. It would feel amazing right? And not many people can say they’ve run a marathon. For some, it’s a major lifetime goal that or may not be achieved. Our advice is don’t let it be your one regret. Instead, tick it off the bucket list and bathe in the satisfaction of finally achieving it your running goal. It’s not a coincidence that this is one of the main reasons why people run a marathon, so you’re in very good company.

Raise money for charity!

Use your training, dedication, and determination to help support a worthy cause. Running a marathon is an amazing feat and so it is raising money for one of many charities who desperately need funds. Combine the two and you’re onto a winner! Knowing you’re running goal will give others hope is a great motivator, especially during the tough training days. To run the 26.2 miles is a tremendous achievement, but to do it for charity makes it doubly rewarding. A huge percentage of marathon runners choose to run for charity as it’s an ideal opportunity to make a difference.

Experience something new

A marathon experience is one like no other. Yes, it’s hard work, grueling, and at times excruciatingly painful, but remember it is fun, rewarding, fulfilling and you get to do something you haven’t done before. A marathon can be a rollercoaster of emotions, both during training and one race day, but come the finish line that feeling of success will be one like you’ve never had before. While you may swear afterward never again, we find that one marathon is likely to lead to many more.

Improve your fitness.

Training for a marathon will inevitably boost your general health and fitness. Running is great for improving cardiovascular fitness and bone density and combined with other complementary activities such as yoga, swimming, and cycling can lead to increased muscle strength and flexibility. Clearly, you don’t have to run a marathon to take advantage of these benefits but setting yourself a fitness running goal will ensure you stay motivated and continue to enjoy improved health and way of life.

Put yourself to the test and create great habits.

Researchers have identified that regular running could contribute to success in other areas of life. The planning, hard work, and commitment that goes into training for a marathon can help to improve character development, so by becoming a regular runner you could gain these additional benefits. A study of runners preparing for a marathon found that regular training improved people’s goal setting, organisational skills, and discipline in the workplace and outside it, so there’s another reason to run a marathon if you needed one.

Race Record


Vincent Boit in 2015


Amanda Crook in 2013

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2023 Results.

1st Andrew Hayes (Hallamshire Harriers) 1:05:52
2nd Scott Overall (Blackheath & Bromley Harriers) 1:06:28
3rd Ed Shepherd (Woodford Green AC) 1:06:59
1st Tracy Barlow (Thames Valley Harriers) 1:15:19
2nd Abigail Howarth (Vale Royal AC) 1:19:40
3rd Kelly Edwards (Leamington Cycling & AC) 1:20:05
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